Players on the Dawgs, including 11 Olympians preparing for the Tokyo Games, apparently were taken by surprise following their team's 4-0 loss. Abbott, a Team USA member, struck out four batters in three scoreless innings but her Houston ScrapYard Dawgs lost to the USSSA Pride 4-0 in a battle of what many consider the world's top two pro softball teams. "Sadly, both the nature and the objective of this message are incredibly damaging and disrespectful to athletes, fans, and the community as a whole. USSSA Pride livestreamed the game on Facebook. When asked about her position as General Manager, Connie said, “Being the GM of the Dawgs is a labor of love that means the world to me. Contact Grossman at 321-242-3676 or Glasco's assistants would be Oregon's Jimmy Kolaitis and Joe Guthrie of Bucknell. Abbott continued: "I believe softball to be an inclusive sport any shape, size or color can be good at this game. [9] Scrapping together donated uniforms, the players returned to the field days later, defeating the USSSA Pride. ", Tuesday afternoon, USA Softball issued its statement on Twitter: "USA Softball fully supports all National Team members, both past and present, and their right to express their beliefs. Osterman, 37, who has a banner with her retired number hanging on the outfield fence at the Pride's main softball field in Viera, came out of retirement a year ago. Catcher Aubree Munro of Florida was among those who said she'd walk out. But it doesn't mean the organization believes the same. By midnight, several players said they would quit on the spot since GM Connie May's comments blindsided them. FLORIDA TODAY left a message with Kretschman early Tuesday but she has yet to issue a statement. "As an organization, we do not condone this tweet nor do we support the intended goal of its sender — an individual who is not authorized to speak on behalf of USSSA in any capacity. We as a people are working toward change, and this is not it., Osterman quickly took to Twitter to express her views: "I do not support the comments made during our game by @ScrapYardFP and I will not represent them. Support our work by subscribing to FLORIDA TODAY. "I kneel," Abbott wrote in a … The tweet apparently was sent during the anthem before the game between the Dawgs and USSSA Pride at the Viera Space Coast Sports Complex. Show full articles without "Continue Reading" button for {0} hours. Microsoft may earn an Affiliate Commission if you purchase something through recommended links in this article. The NPF terminated their franchise on January 29 citing that the team had violated several league operating rules and franchise requirements. Florida Today reported that Scrap Yard General Manager Connie May posted the tweet and that players walked out on a team meeting with May after the game. Glasco was head coach of the USSSA Pride in 2014. [10] Coach Michael Steuerwald and several former Scrap Yard staffers remained with the new team. Therefore I will no longer play for Scrap Yard." I’m embarrassed. A message left at the Scrap Yard Sports office in Conroe, Texas, was not returned. "Being blindsided, with a tweet like this in the middle of the game, is the utter most disrespect to my Black teammates, all athletes and supporters., I DO NOT support the comments made during our game by @scrapyardfp & I will not represent them. In June 2020, all eighteen of the team's players quit in protest of a tweet by the franchise owner. THIS IS IT.